Located on the shores of Lake Iliamna, Alaska largest lake, Rainbow King Lodge is a large, easy to reach luxury operation that has rich history in the region. Positioned to capture spectacular views of the lake and surrounding landscape, the facility spans more than an acre of manicured lawns, flower gardens and the buildings are connected by a series of rustic boardwalks. Rainbow King has an extremely unique fishing program that offers essentially private access to many of the region’s finest streams and rivers. Dream Creek, Southeast Creek, Upper Copper, The Gorge of the Newhalen River, Gibralter, and others are secured by private leases. In most cases they offer exclusive access, in others it's the ability to move about the riverbank in comfort while others must stay in the water at all times. In all cases, it's an Alaskan experience solely available through Rainbow King Lodge.
The season runs from the second week of June through the last week of September. Anglers can target rainbow trout, arctic char, arctic grayling and all five species of Pacific salmon. At least one of the salmon species is available at all times of the season, so you can plan your trip to include the salmon species of your choice. Never are all five species running at the same time, but the best overlap of runs occurs mid to late July. The sockeye salmon run from late June to August 1st. The king salmon run from June 15th to late July, pink salmon from July 15th to August 15th, and silver salmon from early August to the end of the season at the end of September. Rainbow trout are available throughout the season, with the largest and most plentiful being available during June and mid August through September. Arctic grayling are always excellent, as are the arctic char and northern pike.
Rainbow King Lodge is located on the shores of Alaska’s largest lake, Lake Iliamna. It is located 190 miles southwest of Anchorage and is accessible only by aircraft. The flight between Iliamna and Anchorage takes about an hour.
Anglers will depart the lodge each morning in one of several float equipped aircrafts. Once the destination is reached, the anglers will depart the plane with a guide. Jet boats with guides stationed on many of the streams are also available so you will always get upstream and to the very best fishing without walking. You are accompanied by a responsible guide at all times, one guide to two fishermen. Your guide will always prepare a hot shore lunch for you around noon. Guides will be rotated throughout the week.
Equipment and Services:
Rainbow King Lodge owns and operates their equipment so you can be assured it will be available when and where you need it. They have three aircraft, one 10 passenger DeHavilland Otter on floats, and two 6 passenger DeHavilland Beavers on floats. They operate over 25 boats, primarily jet outboards and jet sleds, for use on the various streams. They also have five commercial size rafts for those guests who choose to combine a fishing/float trip experience.
Scheduling Each Day’s Fishing:
In order to best utilize the aircraft, it is essential that each flight is scheduled out with 4 to 6 guests in the Beavers, or 8 to 10 guests in the Otters. You will get together with guides and other anglers each evening and arrange for the following day the type of fishing and species most desirous for each guest. You are advised of your departure time and awakened with coffee, tea, or juice in your room at the appropriate hour, giving you enough time to enjoy your breakfast. You can depart as early or as late as you wish as everything is arranged for your convenience. You do not fish on Sundays due to time constraints, and this day is needed to service the aircraft and allow recharge time for staff.
Take Home Limits:
Each day your catch of take-home fish will be carefully cleaned and individually wrapped by one of the staff. In addition, they have a commercial-grade vacuum-sealing machine. They individually vacuum pack each fish at no extra charge. The fish then go into a blast freezer for storage until your departure at the end of your stay. You are permitted to take home the legal limit of salmon.
Rainbow King Lodge is totally catch and release for rainbow trout, arctic char, arctic grayling, and all other resident species; however, they can arrange for a beautiful fiberglass reproduction that is actually superior in many ways to a skin mount. At the end of your stay the staff will prepare your catch for shipping, smoking, or mounting and can make all the arrangements necessary.
The Bristol Bay watershed is home to pristine wilderness, majestic views, enormous rainbow trout, five species of salmon during early migrations, Artic char, grayling, pike and trout, as well as the second largest national park in the United States. Katmai National Park is 4.2 million acres of virtually untouched; wilderness where you can find moose, caribou and wolves. At world famous Brooks Falls, you're likely to see a bear grab a leaping salmon right out of the air. Here also, volcanoes and glaciers coexist. From the Valley of 10,000 Smokes to the deep turquoise of the Ice Age glaciers, you'll see scenery that rivals the wildlife.
Rainbow King Lodge is equipped to handle a wide variety of wilderness adventures. Bears, eagles, caribou, wolves, fox, volcanoes, glaciers and ancient forests are all accessible to you.
Mt. Katmai National Scenic Flights:
If you want a day off from fishing and want to experience the splendor of the Alaskan scenery, you can check out the Mt. Katmai National Park scenic flights offered by the lodge. Clear days are selected for these flights as the active volcanoes, glaciers, lava flows, and volcanic craters are mostly over 8,000 feet in elevation. To climax this trip, you will never forget landing inside the enormous Kaguyak Crater, surrounded by the 2,000 feet crater walls, or Dakavak Lake famous for its white pumice cinder beaches and “floating rocks.” Sightseeing flights are simply superlative, defying all description, as the scenery of Alaska speaks for itself. These trips do not take away from your day’s fishing, as you will fly this route to several destinations including Kodiak and the Ugashik Lakes area for the outstanding arctic char and arctic grayling fishing. You can also fly the Mt. Katmai route to fish Dream Creek, Gibraltar, Bear Creek, Salmon Creek, Volcano Creek, Kamishak, Pumice Creek, Fossil Creek, in addition to many other streams.
Accommodations and Meals:
Rainbow King Lodge can accommodate 16 guests per week, with the ability to accommodate larger groups upon request. Each guest room contains its own private bath, tub and shower, two double beds, or a king and a twin, wall to wall carpeting, blackout drapes, thermostatically controlled heat, and an excellent view of Lake Iliamna and the snow capped peaks across the lake. The lodge room, with its large fireplace, is always enjoyed by guests, as is the large dining room with its similar fireplace. The recreation room has a whirlpool spa, center-of-the-room fireplace, pool table, card tables, color TV, and a professional guide to answer your fly casting or tying questions. This area gives you more than enough space for evening recreation and story-telling about your day’s fishing experience.
A pre-planned menu offers such main courses as stuffed filet mignon with snow crab, traditional prime rib of beef, bourbon-pecan encrusted rack of lamb, and medallions of pork. The current year’s detailed menu is available upon request. It is possible to customize the menu for your dietary needs. Breakfast is cooked to order with a great variety of menu choices including Belgian waffles, eggs Vienna, eggs benedict, and all the fresh fruits and melons in season. There is no set time for breakfast so you can eat at your convenience depending on your departure time each day. Dinner is served at 7:30PM nightly.
There is not a public bar, nor is liquor available for purchase. Bring your own spirits. Mixers are provided and everyone tends the bar and has a good time. Iliamna is a dry village by law, and it’s illegal for the lodge to sell liquor, but perfectly fine to bring your own. For large orders the lodge can refer you to a distributor in Anchorage who will ship your order to coincide with your arrival.
Day 1: (Saturday): Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel (some travelers will be able to make it to Anchorage on Sunday before their afternoon flight to Iliamna).
Day 2: (Sunday): Fly from Anchorage to Iliamna in the afternoon (1 hour flight). You will be picked up by Rainbow King Lodge staff and transferred to the lodge.
Days 3-8: (Monday – Saturday): Six days guided fishing with fly-outs (weather permitting) begins on Monday. After fishing on Saturday, pack up and transfer to the Iliamna airport for an evening flight back to Anchorage.
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